Australia’s former great cricketer Adam Gilchrist had announced his sudden retirement during the India tour in 2008. His decision had stunned everybody from teammates to Cricket Australia because nobody had an inkling that retirement announcement was on his mind. Gilchrist was having ordinary time behind the stumps but critics had been having a go at him for his mistakes.
It was reported at that time that the dropped catch off VVS Laxman in the fourth Test of his last series is reportedly the moment when Adam Gilchrist decided that it is time to quit.
In the recent interaction, the wicketkeeper-batsman has kind of expected the fact that dropping Laxman’s catch was the reason for his retirement. As per him, he would choose to retire in good form rather than being ending up on the debate of his position in the team.
“I reckon it’s a good reason to retire if you drop the catch of VVS Laxman in a Test match. You don’t wanna give him too many chances,” Gilchrist told TV presenter Madonna Tixeira in her show ‘Live Connect’.
“As far as retiring at the right time I always felt like I rather retire and people say as oppose to play on and people say why haven’t you retired. I think it comes again from the foundations of your life from parents, your upbringing, The people that are around you that’s the way you play your game. Just try and be fair honest about it,” he said.
Adam Gilchrist on 2003 World Cup Walking
Adam Gilchrist also talked about his famous walk in the World Cup 2003 semi-final against Sri Lanka despite being given not out by the on-field umpire. Some had praised for his sportsmanship while some had said that it was an accidental walk.
“Look I think I was not any crusader to walk out to make other people do it… It’s just the way you play cricket. I think there are a lot of people who walked off a game that aren’t given credit for… It’s just in a World Cup semifinal I did it and a lot of the cricket World paid attention to it and couldn’t believe it but I wish I did not nip the ball that day would have preferred to keep batting ..it’s just the way it went,” Gilchrist said.
Gilchrist played 96 Test matches and 287 ODIs and 13 T20Is for Australia scoring 5570 and 9619, and 272 runs respectively. As the wicketkeeper, he has also 905 dismissals, including 813 catches and 92 stumpings, to his name in 396 international matches.